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Tampa Bay Blog

  • Urban Kai
    Outdoor adventures are all the rage these days with paddle boarding being among the fastest-growing water sports in the world. Mike Conlee is Tampa Bay’s expert paddler at Urban Kai and this month’s Memory Maker. Urban Kai began as a small
  • Alafia State Park bike path
    Let’s talk about Tampa Bay. How much do you really know about the beating heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast? Tampa Bay is home to many award-winning breweries, world-class attractions like Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, ZooTampa and The Florida Aquarium, and professional sports teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL), and Tampa Bay Rays (MLB). These, along with a beautiful downtown focused on the Tampa Riverwalk, have put the Bay Area among the ranks of...
  • Manatee swimming underwater at ZooTampa
    RECOVERY UPDATE: Hillsborough County has opened a majority of its nature preserves and walking trails. Residents will be required to follow physical distancing guidelines, and portions of the parks will remain closed, including playgrounds, picnic areas, and kayak/canoe facilities. CATCH SOME (SUN) RAYS THE GREAT OUTDOORS Tampa Bay has some of Florida's best city adventures, but it's also home to amazing outdoor experiences just minutes from downtown's glittering towers. Paddling,
  • Malerie Dorman
    Curator of Collections, Tampa Bay History Center The Tampa Bay History Center brings 12,000 years of human achievement together under one roof. Along with artifacts like a centuries-old dugout canoe and a replica pirate ship, the collection
  • The Dessert Spot’s Gooey Toffee Bars
    BAKING AT HOME Baking is the latest and greatest activity while practicing social distancing in the safety of your home. Voted by our Instagram followers, we bring to you the recipe for The Dessert Spot’s Gooey Toffee Bars, one of the many local recipes featured in Tampa’s Table: A Culinary Journey Through Tampa Bay. For a limited time, Visit Tampa Bay is selling a #TourismStrong culinary bundle, which includes Tampa’s Table plus its cocktail book, Tampa With A Twist, for...
  • Memory Maker Eric Hovland
    Eric Hovland Associate curator, resident shark guy The Florida Aquarium It's always Shark Week in Eric Hovland's world. The native of Wisconsin and marine biologist helped develop the unique sea life collection when The Florida Aquarium opened in
  • Captain Chris "Castaway" Pawlak
    As sea dogs go, Captain Chris "Castaway" Pawlak, is a little less salty than most. This former land-lubber grew up in the Rocky Mountains before moving to Tampa Bay. He earned his sea legs on the crew of the Yacht Starship dining cruise, eventually
  • Gasparilla Pirate Ship
    TAMPA – Avast, me hearties! Talk Like A Pirate Day is still nine months away, but this month you can heave to and prepare yourself for Gasparilla, Tampa Bay’s annual pirate party! As they have every year since 1905, legendary pirate José Gaspar and his band of rapscallions will sail the nation’s only fully functional pirate ship, the José Gasparilla, once more into the heart of our city on Jan. 26. Then, beads a-flyin’, they’ll lead the Gasparilla...
  • Maria Esparza Columbia Memory Maker Square
    Since 1905, Florida's oldest restaurant, the Columbia, has been a pillar of historic Ybor City, Tampa Bay's Latin Quarter. Now in its fifth-generation under the Gonzmart family, the Columbia embodies Tampa Bay's Cuban and Spanish heritage from the menu to the decor. Six nights a weeks, visitors experience an authentic piece of Spain when the restaurant's Flamenco dancers take the stage to perform. Maria Esparza, whose mother was born in Seville, Spain, has led the troupe for...
  • couple enjoying drinks outside at Armature Works
    The kids are back in school, the summer crowds are gone: Now’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a grown-up's get-away in Tampa Bay. Whether you're in the mood for a romantic weekend with your significant other, a girls' getaway or a guys' trip, the hip, urban heart of Florida’s west coast is here for you with just the right combination of fantastic food, exciting experiences, and grown-up fun for Fall. Couple's Weekend Sleep In a Little No one needs...